What we think about art

“Art is either plagiarism or revolution.”
Paul Gauguin (1848-1903)

“[Abstract art is] a product of the untalented, sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.”
Al Capp (1909-1979)

“Painting: The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.”
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
The Devil’s Dictionary

“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.”
Andre Gide (1869-1951)

“I suppose no matter what I’m drawing, there will always be some sort of question in my mind about it. A work of art (even cartoon art) is never really finished; it is abandoned.”
Brooke McEldowney, Pibgorn commentary, 03-31-05

“A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.”
Edmond de Goncourt (1822-1896)

“I don’t believe in total freedom for the artist. Left on his own, free to do anything he likes, the artist ends up doing nothing at all. If there’s one thing that’s dangerous for an artist, it’s precisely this question of total freedom, waiting for inspiration and all the rest of it.”
Federico Fellini (1920-1993)

“Art is making something out of nothing … and selling it.”
Frank Zappa (1940-1993)

“Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.”
John Singer Sargent (1856-1925)

“The creation of art is not the fulfillment of a need but the creation of a need. The world never needed Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony until he created it. Now we could not live without it.”
Louis I Kahn, architect

“All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.”
M. C. Richards

“All art is an imitation of nature.”
Seneca (5 BC-65 AD)

“I dream a lot. I do more painting when I’m not painting. It’s in the subconscious.”
Andrew Wyeth

“I’ve never believed in God, but I believe in Picasso.”
Diego Rivera